By Heinrich Domingo
It is often easy to judge movies through looking into two primary aspects; production value and the validity of message. Through the years, the cinema has developed in a way that most visually beautiful movies bear good stories. In contrast, technically poor films bear crappy plots. This, in a way, makes film criticism easy. Then comes Trumbo. We see a film made near perfect by its outstanding main cast, commendable editing, and brilliant screenplay but it is problematic in its version of history. While we are mesmerized by its exquisite storytelling, the story it tells is somehow repulsing. Trumbo inspires ambivalence in its audience.